AD #1838 – GM’s Design Director Steps Down, Toyota Spends Big on Autonomy, Cadillac’s Future Design Plans

April 8th, 2016 at 11:45am

Runtime: 8:21

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- GM’s Ed Welburn to Retire
- Toyota Announces Third Research Institute
- Barn Finds
- Ford’s Stealthy Police Interceptor
- Land Rover to Remake Series 1 Model
- Cadillac’s Future Design Plans

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25 Comments to “AD #1838 – GM’s Design Director Steps Down, Toyota Spends Big on Autonomy, Cadillac’s Future Design Plans”

  1. LS Ford Says:

    Yeah to lower belt lines on cars. I am tired of sitting in a 5 gallon bucket where my arm going outside the window is up at a 30 degree angle. I appreciate cars with more glass area which allows for better side visibility and rear view.

  2. Perry Cartwright Says:

    The blue car is probably a 1965 Cadillac Sedan De Ville

  3. Lisk Says:

    1960 Hillman? Not much left of the car but the tail lamps look kind of familiar.

  4. Jon M Says:

    Clever guy that Corvair owner. I’m a little surprised that got by the BMW/DOT even their name is Francisco Nader!

  5. Marshall Says:

    The side mounted search lights betray the stealth nature of the Ford Police Interceptor.

  6. Roger T Says:

    I just hope Cadillacs don’t start looking like BMWs

  7. OMEGATALON Says:

    11 new cars.. as you’ve got to think one of them might be the a replacement for the ATS, the CTS, then a small CUV XT3 and then a larger CUV in the XT7; but this is just 4 cars as it’s anyone’s guess as to what the other 7 cars (6 if you subtract the just reported cancellation of the CT8).. as the AWD mid-engine car could be in the mix.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 It looked familiar from when I was in Scotland in 1970. Yeah, Hillman sounds right to me.

  9. PWJ Bishop Says:

    The bit of metal in the woods look to be from a Vauxhall PA Cresta made in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, from 1957

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ #7:,lmao,thank you for coming up with all those models and letters of the alphabet.I just can’t keep up with the alphabet soup for what was once names of cars.Makes me glad I live more in a truck world than car world if you get my meaning.Silverado/Colorado/GMC’s/ (Dodge) Ram/Tundra/Taco/etc.More fun for me,and a damn site easier for me to remember,lol.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    F-150, F NADER—

    Wait, that one’s a car.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Elon’s rocket successfully landed on the barge.

  13. Steve W Says:

    Why can’t the Cadillacs get new names like DeVille, Fleetwood Calais etc. so I can tell what they are? I still don’t know an Infiniti Q40 from a Q50! I always thought DeNycchen bailed on Infiniti because nobody could get the models straight and stopped buying them, making him look bad! Changing designs is good but all these letters & numbers is not just confusing and unnecessary it’s dumb!

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    F Nader = BRILLIANT !!!

  15. RumNCoke Says:

    All the best in your retirement, Ed. GM is losing a very talented and classy guy!

  16. Drew Says:

    Nader, Ditlow, Claybrook, Lund, Zubey. They have all duped the public and media with either reactionary hysteria or shell game science… leaving us with unnecessarily heavy vehicles and thousands of dollars of added expense to protect “Darwinians” (who won’t buckle-up) from hurting themselves.

    But I digress. That Corvair plate is fantastic!

  17. Drew Says:

    @7 – I suspect Johann is going to play the BMW trick on us… count each “V” performance model and body style (2 v. 4 door) as unique.

  18. Puremoose Says:

    Ed …good car guy

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I liked the BMW and M-B numeric, and alphanumeric thing, back when the numbers at the end meant something, engine displacement. Now that the numbers are pretty much random, the Germans’ car names are little better than Lincoln’s.

  20. Earl Says:

    Congratulations go to Cadillac and the board at GM for finally waking up….slept in again. Audi,BMW and even Lincoln had small SUV’s a few years ago and GM is just coming out with a replacement for the current SRX A smaller one probably won’t be along for another year at least.Hopefully Johan can get things going for Cadillac and has some success dealing with the people (accountants,lawyers and has beens padding their retirement) at the silver silo.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 Should GM really get back into major badge engineering, with a Cadillac Trax/Encore, and Envision? I think they’d be better off to leave that market to Chevy and Buick.

  22. Rob Says:

    #12 Cadillac’s naming convention made some sense for a while when the DTS was Deville replacement CTS was Catera, ETS replaced the Eldorado and STS was the Seville. But now, yes its just confusing.

    #15 Well at least with Autonomy we should gain some MPG back and be able to lighten vehicles up since many safety features may not be needed once the technology proves itself to be reliable and avoid crashes. Crumple zone, side impact bars, air bags and the such may not be needed in addition to the increase use of plastics should

  23. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Rob: I don’t see oems removing the established safety features at all.Maybe some nanny stuff,but the airbags and structural reinforcements will remain,imho.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    When computers never crash, autonomous cars will never crash, and all safety features can be removed. It will be a while.

  25. Rob Says:

    With data to support it safety features could be removed. I’ve worked in assembly plants where safety glasses are no longer required because the data proved it was not needed. Same reason we have 70mph speed limits even though many thought 55 saved lives in addition to gas. Data proved otherwise. Not saying it will happen right away which is why I said, “once the technology has proven itself”.